Trek Madone Review
Improvements to the fork add lateral rigidity and, thanks to what Trek calls “ride-tuned sweep”, some further degree of the fabled quality of vertical compliance… And there is definitely more “give” over bumps at the back. The most noticeable feature of the aero frame is the position, under the bottom bracket, of the rear brake. Placed here, it doesn’t need a bridge between the seatstays, which are therefore free, when compressed by the rear wheel’s passage over a bump, to flex over a greater un-braced length.
The bike is stable, stiff and comfortable, then. So what’s with the brakes? On most of the new Trek Madone models they are both Bontrager-branded and – they work.